Galloway - Familiarity helps us
Australia forward Keith Galloway says the Kangaroos are better prepared to face England having already played them.
Last Updated: 18/11/11 10:17am
Keith Galloway says Australia will be better prepared to face England in Saturday's Four Nations final having already encountered them at Wembley.
The 26-year-old prop admits he knew little of the opposition, other than his Wests Tigers team-mates Gareth Ellis and Chris Heighington, before the Kangaroos' first meeting with England.
"Now I'm aware of them all and there is some great talent in that side," Galloway said.
"England are playing at home and will have their crowd behind them. They will probably take some confidence from Wembley, where they were able to get close.
"It's going to be exciting out there. Obviously we know what we're up against because they were pretty strong. I think they'll be tough and physical."
Galloway is expecting to come up against Ellis, who missed England's 28-6 win over New Zealand with a back injury sustained at Wembley but has been named in coach Steve McNamara's initial 21-man squad.
"Knowing the sort of bloke he is, he'll be doing everything he can to be out there," Galloway said.
"He's a proud Pom.
"He's probably the best forward I've played with. He's a very strong man and he's very fit, there are no weaknesses in his game."
Ellis will line up alongside Warrington's former Sydney Roosters prop Adrian Morley, who will become the most capped player in British rugby league history on his 50th appearance.
Galloway is impressed by Morley's longevity and ranks him alongside former Australia front rower Petero Civoniceva.
"He's in the same mould," he said.
"To play in the front row for that long and to play that many Test matches is unreal.
"I'm pretty surprised he's still going so well at his age. When I was coming through the grades in Australia, he was killing it back then. It's a great honour to play against him this weekend."
Morley will share top billing with Darren Lockyer, who will hang up his boots after winning a world record-extending 59th cap at Elland Road.
Galloway admits an Australian victory would provide a fitting farewell for their captain.
"We haven't spoken about it too much but everyone is aware it's his last game," he said. "He'll go down as one of the greatest ever."